What it's like to live next to an oil and gas boom: 10 stories

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People living next to an oil and gas boom

Permian Basin community members share their stories of living and working alongside one of the largest oil and gas producing regions in the world

Extending across southeastern New Mexico and west Texas, the Permian Basin produces nearly 40 percent of all U.S. oil and gas and has more than quadrupled its output in the last decade. This rampant oil and gas boom shows no signs of slowing down. The area is expected to increase its oil production by 50 percent in the next decade, and will continue to have a massive impact on the climate, the environment and the people who call the Permian Basin home. 

We spoke with 10 community members who live in towns and cities across the western part of the basin, which is predominantly made up of public lands. 

Their stories differ in experiences and perspectives, but share themes of concern and hope for a safe and just future. 

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